Bellamy Young, “Scandal”
Nomination Status: Is “Scandal” ready for an Emmy breakout? Voters could do worse than give that first attention to Bellamy Young.
In Her Favor: Victim or master manipulator? Hurt submissive wife or conniving Queen Bee? Hillary Clinton or Lady Macbeth? If I were doing a six-person short-list for this category, Bellamy Young would be on it, because I find her performance fascinating. Sometimes she’s naturalistic and emotionally stripped bare, but other times she’s arch and broad. Sometimes she’s a big-and-bold villain and sometimes she’s the vulnerable cuckquean. Sometimes her First Lady is just about the nasty, most awful woman ever and sometimes I’m rooting for her. “Scandal” is a loud, brash soap and it’s full of performances that match, but perhaps nobody in the cast has more levels on their adjustable dial than Young does.
Working Against Her: Just as Fitz can’t help but come back to Olivia, I’m guessing that Emmy voters will have a hard time getting over Kerry Washington and a harder time choosing to honor this supporting performance if they can’t find a way to honor the show’s lead.